I wouldn’t bet my left hand on it, but I believe that all of Christmas has finally been tracked down, wrapped in toilette paper, put in a box, and hidden in a closet for the next 11 months. And you know what this leads me to believe? We need more things to celebrate!
Who are some of your patron saints that you should be making friends with and enjoying their feast days? Saint Bartholomew’s feast day is on my birthday. Sts. Cosmos and Damian share my baptismal date. St. Leo the Great’s feast day is the day on which Bishop Lennon named me pastor of St. Sebastian. St. George is the name of the town my family came from in Slovenia. It was on St. Joan of Arcs day that I was ordained. This is part of my cadre of friends with which something clicks when I hear them mentioned at Mass, or in a Litany of Saints, or come across in a book or on the internet. I ask for their intercession, do something fun to mark their feast days, and consider them “my saints.”
Who are yours? When where you married? On what day did you buy your house? When did you graduate? One reason Sebastian is named Sebastian is that his birth certificate reads, “Born late January.” So I chose January 20th which is, of course, St. Sebastian Day.
So go ahead! Find a significant event in your life. If you are fortunate, there will be a saint to celebrate on that day with whom you might develop a relationship and find an excuse to celebrate.